International Energy and Climate Policy

Integrating Sustainability and Social Justice

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st Century. It not only threatens the natural living conditions and the economic and social development of many countries, but also fundamental human rights such as the right to food, water, health and adequate housing. The countries of the Global South, which contribute the least to CO2 emissions, are especially affected. The reasons for this are their geographical situation, lack of infrastructure, insufficient adaptive capacities, poverty, and weak institutions.

The Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasize that greenhouse gas neutrality must be reached by the middle of this century in order to put a limit to damaging global warming. For this goal to be achieved, a global energy transformation away from fossil, emission-intensive and towards sustainable, renewable energy sources must occur. This structural change, finally, must be socially inclusive and just.

We support such a socio-ecological transformation. We stand with our partners from politics, unions and civil society in saying that justice and solidarity must be key principles regarding international energy and climate policy. Our foremost concern is that voices from the Global South are heard and taken into account regarding debates on sustainable economic systems, the formation of global energy transformations, climate justice and a fair development of international climate policy.

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Eröffnungsmarsch des Weltsozialforums 2016. Bild: FES
Bild: Eröffnungsmarsch des Weltsozialforums 2016 von A. Geiger lizenziert unter FES

Making International Climate Policy just

The Paris Agreement stipulates that global warming must be kept under 2 degrees. For this, massive efforts by all states are necessary. We advocate for an international climate policy that is based on human rights and that is just and inclusive. To this end, we organize events around climate negotiations and enable participation for our global partners from union and civil society backgrounds, amongst other things. Through this, we want to contribute to climate and energy policy developments, reciprocal networks and the building of alliances. Finally, we also address questions surrounding environmentally motivated migration and flight in our programs.

Global energy transformation

We stand for a sustainable global energy transformation and for the transition to low-carbon energy sources. We believe it is vital to provide a just transition for workers in fossil industries. Speaking globally, we want to contribute to ending energy poverty and to improving energy efficiency. In addition, we also support responsible uses of energy, exemplified by our projects on “Low Carbon Development Pathways“ and on the prerequisites for a global energy transformation.

Degrowth and a Good Life for All

The urgent climatic, environmental, economical and justice crises show that traditional economies based on the exploitation of finite resources are no longer viable. For this reason, we advocate for the establishment of sustainable, that is low-emission, resource-saving and socially inclusive economic systems. Together with our partners, we discuss alternatives to the conventional economic and developmental model. We also seek to find out conditions that enable a good life for everyone.


| Globale Politik, Klima und Nachhaltigkeit | Publikation

Future energy policy in Southern Africa

New FES broschure looks into energy crisis and climate change, and how trade unions could increase their

policy-shaping influence

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05.07.2017 | Globale Politik, Klima und Nachhaltigkeit | Rückblicke

Energy of the Future: Sustainable and Socially Fair

At the International Student Energy Summit 2017, the FES puts “Just Transition” on the agenda

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Thomas Hirsch | Klima und Nachhaltigkeit | Publikation

Ambition, Participation and Effectiveness

New study lays out how NDC-partnership may promote ambition, participation and effectiveness during the implementation process of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

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17.08.2016 | Wirtschaft von Morgen, Klima und Nachhaltigkeit, Entwicklungspolitik | Rückblicke

First World- instead of World Social Forum?

From August 9 to 14, the World Social Forum took place in Montréal. The restrictive Canadian visa requirements prevented many globalization critics from the Global South from participating....

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Conca, Ken; Thwaites, Joe; Lee, Goueun

Climate change and global security

What role for the UN Security Council
Buenov Aires

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Schreurs, Miranda A.; Balanowski, Julia

Promoting socially and economically just energy transformations in Asia

possibilities, challenges and the road ahead

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Mehta, Udai S.; Bose, Pratim; Swain, Ashwini K.

In pursuit of a low fossil energy future

Interrogating social, political and economic drivers and barriers in India's energy transition
New Delhi

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